So, I know, I know. I said there would be some big announcements about JotD today. And, here there are:
First, the bad news: JotD is scaling back. Well, actually, this might be good news if you think I’m long-winded (no offense taken if you do). But yours truly needs to focus on a lot of other things right now, and this can sometimes take up a significant portion of my down time. In other words, “down time” is becoming a thing of the past. When I commence grad school in a matter of months, I am nearly certain I’ll have even less time. So, the options are to close shop or scale back. And I would rather not do the former.
What does it mean to “scale back,” you ask? Well, it probably means the following few changes:
(1) About three days a week, I’ll come up with one my usual stories about a Jam and tell you all about it. But on the other four days, you’re just going to get the Jam and nothing more. Doesn’t sound TOO awful yet, right? (Those who receive the daily e-mail will still get the full digest.)
(2) Speaking of those of you who get the full e-mail, that’s an extra step in the process for me right now that I do special for y’all because almost all of my most loyal readers started with me back in my e-newsletter only days. I’ve been hand crafting every e-mail, every day, for now like 1,200 days or something insane. So, in the next few months I am exploring options to automate this process. It’s going to be a little clunky, but it’ll work. Basically, there are programs out there that every day at a certain time will pull all of the posts from the last 24 hours, stick them in an e-mail and send them your way. So, you’ll see this format when I get that set up (by spring). It will also contain a subscribe/unsubscribe button on it so you can take yourself off the e-mail list at any time, or add yourself to the e-mail list at any time.
If you want to try this out, you can already do so using a web program called FeedBurner. See here. It’s unclear if FeedBurner will become our web program of choice or not, but I’ve been testing it out for many months now and it seems to work OK. I’ll exhaust all options before subject you to anything. Ideas welcome.
(3) (And this one has been long overdue…) There will be less gibber-jabber on the non-JotD posts. I won’t stop posting new things, because (a) I like it, (b) you like it, and (c) it’s the best way to attract new readers to this project. But, it takes too long for me to write clever things all of the time. So … instead, I’m just going to post the video/audio/download/link/photo whatever it may be, and I will only comment where necessary. This should free up a lot of time AND give me more time to focus on more fun features, like Countdown, Icons, YouTube and Spotify playlists, and the brand spanking new feature that I’m starting tomorrow (!!!!!!!!!!).
The good news … well, damn it! I just spoiled it. There’s a new weekly feature starting tomorrow, and I think you’re going to love it. Every Friday all through 2012. I gave this hint in an earlier post today. Keep on your toes until tomorrow, and don’t forget to check into Jam of the Day every Friday, because it’s going to be a blast, and everyone is encouraged to participate. I’m personally thrilled about it because it’s in the spirit of why we started JotD in the first place, and I vowed in 2011 to do a lot more of that. This is me making good on that promise.
Now, all that said, I’m spent. So let’s Jam. Today we’ve got another brand new one, which, I know is lazy, but we’ve discussed this artist a good 20 times in the last year and a half since she came on the scene without featuring one of her tracks. And, this new one I *really* dig.
Here’s goth-pop crooner Zola Jesus with “In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix)” (2012). Yes, really remixed by David Lynch (and his engineer, Dean Hurley). Just trust me and listen; it’s gorgeous.